The need for resisting temptations

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2012, 12:00am
 

Giving in to temptation could lead to serious problems, especially for teenagers. Computer games, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs can be traps that suck teens in and get them addicted.

Often peer pressure is to blame. In order to be accepted, teens may take up bad and dangerous habits.

Another factor is plain curiosity. Many teenagers are curious about forbidden things.

I believe that education at school and at home is crucial in warding teens off bad choices. Students have to be told about the consequences if they can't resist such temptations.

The government should try its best to make sure that alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and drugs are not available to teens.

But most importantly, we need to learn to say no - not only to our friends but also to ourselves.

Cheung Man-yee

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Man-yee. Teenage years are a time of exploration, self-discovery and growth. You are in a grey area between childhood, when you depend on your parents, and adulthood, when you have to take full responsibility for your actions.

During these years, you discover habits, situations and possibilities you may not have known existed. They might make you seem more 'grown-up' and cool, and maybe win you new friends, but they can also endanger your health.

Smoking, drinking and taking drugs are not cool. Other dangerous and illegal activities that some youngsters feel pressured into include shoplifting or physically attacking people. They are bad for your mental and physical health as well as your future because you could get into serious trouble. Your so-called new friends won't be around to support you then.

Karly, Deputy Editor

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